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HindustanTimes Thu,30 Oct 2014

Over 1.6 lakh Delhiites turn up at special election camps

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 09, 2014
First Published: 23:21 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:06 IST(10/3/2014)

More than 1.6 lakh Delhiites registered themselves on the electoral list and checked if their names were on the list at special camps organised by the Delhi Electoral Office (DEO) on Sunday.

For those who want to vote and are not on the electoral list, the last day is March 12. But the electoral office had decided to hold special camps on Sunday to ensure a large number of people could enrol without travelling a great distance.

With camps being held at 11,763 polling booths across Delhi on a Sunday, the huge response has come as a pleasant surprise even for the electoral office.

“We receive about 12,000 applications on ‘form 6’ every day on average and for the special camps, we were expecting around 30,000 forms to be filled. The response has been amazing,” said a senior official who didn’t wish to be named.

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The total number of forms that were filled is 1,64,633, with the largest number of forms received at North West district — 29,064 and lowest at Central district — 9,866. The forms will be now verified for addition to the electoral list. Apart from new voters who filled the forms, there were even larger number of people who had queued up to check their names on the electoral list.

Election Commissioner Nazim Zaidi made a surprise check at special voter enrolment booths been set up in the Capital on Sunday.

Zaidi went to some of the enrolment stations in Delhi which is part of the election commission’s nation-wide special drive to enrol voters who may have been left out. The surprise check was conducted by Zaidi to see find whether people were still facing problems in enrolment.

On finding that Zaidi was on a surprise check, Delhi’s chief electoral officer Vijay Dev also joined him at Venkateshwara College in south Delhi. “He also asked Dev in how much time people’s name will be included in the electoral rolls and by when they would receive the voter’s identity card,” said an official who was with Zaidi.

Dev told Zaidi that names of those who have documents would be included in the electoral roll soon and for others it would be done after verification. He was also told about the arrangements been made in different parts of the city to enrol the left out people.

The EC officials told its driver to enrolment left out voters had evoked huge response across the country with a large number of people visiting special enrolment booths. However, the number of people enroled across the country was not known.


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